Frangipani behind the Ear

Frangipani behind the Ear

We return to the Grand Pacific Hotelin Suva, Fiji, but it is not the way it was or what we thought it was:the cold lobster almost…

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Keep Her Out of the Tent

Keep Her Out of the Tent

There’s a temporary campground, with a tent,billowing-white, just off Sprague Ave. in Tacoma. Keep your daughter home.  Make popcorn with salt,buttery-warm. Let her watch the…

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Retreat

Retreat

The tiny cottage in the woods is abandoneduntil the woman whose husband drinkstakes refuge thereafter a bender,without regret.The woman loves her husband,and this is how…

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Contours of Affection

Contours of Affection

A pedicure is an archaeological expedition, if those feet belong to your mother.   A part of this country was your beginning of history.  A faded…

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Apprenticeship, Oil with China Bristle Brush: "Landscape avec des Moutons" #5

Apprenticeship, Oil with China Bristle Brush: “Landscape avec des Moutons” #5

(Rosa Bonheur, Rue des Tournelles, Paris 1836)  My easel billetedbetween stove and painting chest,Most mornings Papa teachesat an atelier for young ladies,later portrait sittings–a  Portuguesefactory…

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In The Footsteps of Telemachus

In The Footsteps of Telemachus

Image etched by Antoine Jean Duclos (French, Paris 1742–1795 Paris)

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Skyline

Skyline

That summer at the ranch, one seasonbefore Stanley hung himself in the toolshed,with rope worn from countless tie-downs–choosing his own handiwork over cancer–there was a…

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Form

Form

I’ve never before been intosomeone with such small breastsI like my hands to overflow with themto see their teardrop formblood rushes to imagine the color…

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Fodder

Fodder

I guess I could discuss phantoms and pharaohsand the places in between them,or rhyme schemes and what is palatable. it’s been weeksof perpetual reflection.I’ve been…

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Hiking Through

Hiking Through

Consider the space between A  B,the middle sister nobody sees,or the last invited, all set to gobut left behind wearing a new green coat,speechless, while…

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Lumphini Park

Lumphini Park

Bangkok, Thailand The white egrets in the treetuck up their legs, as still asthe noon heat. In last night’s dreammy high school flamehad been left…

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Creation Myth

Creation Myth

When they buried me they put all my statuesIn the very ditch in which I was to be put. Next they put in my estate,Then my…

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After the Funeral

After the Funeral

I hope morning is only a suggestion.I hope we linger in bed to memorizeSpring spilling warm sky outside,a collage of our lives as rose-lit.  I…

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Her Smile Like Once Upon A Time

Her Smile Like Once Upon A Time

a night of a friday on the table next to many empty bottlesi have a penholder two packs of cigarettesa desk lamp and a notebook.on…

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You Will Leave This Place Behind

You Will Leave This Place Behind

Zanskar, 1921 Your body will be placed on a large flat rock,High on a ridge in the mountains.The carrion birds are circling,Great wings block the…

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Inventing Words

Inventing Words

condifluoia/ˈkɒndɪfluːɪɑ/noun: condifluoia; plural noun: condifluoia 1. the specific scent of tea leaves inboiling water when it soaks in sixstrands of freshly grated ginger on thehand-shredder,…

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Pirouettes in Bed

Pirouettes in Bed

i’m drinking spring water in your bedroom naked head swept back and i can feel you watching my every move or memorizing my arms as…

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Mr President

Mr President

I need to tell you about the old man sitting cross-legged on the crackedconcrete outside the Life building lifting drowningants out of a puddle with…

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Family Portrait

Family Portrait

I. Pudgal, my grandmother explained, is the matter that sticksto your soul when you do a bad thing.Cloistered in the sunlight, stippled skin gleamingDidi probably…

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StarLab 2020

StarLab 2020

One of my kids is crying because a girl in the other second grade class fainted during the experience:    A mobile planetarium in the gym,   harsh…

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